Key Lime Martini

The Key Lime Martini is a modern cocktail that gained popularity in the late 20th century. While the exact origins are difficult to trace, it is widely believed to be a creative variation of the classic martini, incorporating the distinctive flavor of Key limes.

Key limes are a smaller and more aromatic citrus fruit compared to regular limes. They are named after the Florida Keys, where they were historically cultivated. The Key Lime Martini likely emerged as a way to showcase the unique tartness and sweetness of Key lime juice in a refreshing cocktail.

The cocktail typically consists of vodka, Key lime juice, simple syrup, and sometimes vanilla-flavored liqueur or cream to add a touch of sweetness and smoothness. The ingredients are shaken with ice and then strained into a martini glass, creating a well-balanced and citrusy drink with a hint of sweetness.

While the exact timeline of the Key Lime Martini’s emergence is unclear, the late 20th and early 21st centuries saw a surge in interest in craft cocktails and creative mixology. Bartenders and enthusiasts began experimenting with flavors and ingredients, leading to the development of various innovative cocktails, including the Key Lime Martini.

Today, the Key Lime Martini is a popular choice at bars and restaurants, especially in regions where Key limes are readily available. It has become a symbol of tropical and refreshing cocktails, offering a delightful twist on the classic martini recipe.

Ingredients: 2 oz Stoli Vanil vodka, 1 oz Rose’s lime juice, 1 oz half-and-half

Key Lime Martini

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Martini Cocktail
By Bill at Serves: 1
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 2 oz Stoli Vanil vodka, 1 oz Rose's lime juice, 1 oz half-and-half.


  • 2 oz Stoli Vanil vodka
  • 1 oz Rose's lime juice
  • 1 oz half-and-half



Pour all three ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes.


Shake well.


Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Garnish with a twist of lime or lime wheel.




We recommend using a chilled martini glass for this cocktail.

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